Quote from cyberkat
I'm just wondering if you've seen a dermatologist about your nail condition. There may be something that's not over the counter that could help.
Oh yeah...you name it, I've taken it. Geletin tablets, every conceivable vitamen, even the prenatals didn't work. I even used to only wash my hands with water when dirty, but when I took baths and showers, I would put on rubber gloves, tape the ends, so the water wouldn't soak into my nails. I once even spent $104 on a single bottle of a product that supposedly had enzymes in it that would harden nails over time...didn't work...it was something I found over in Europe.
My nails are so thin, I even have to pay extra before they put on artificial nails...to not use the electric filing bits, but to prep them by hand b/c it would make them so thin, I couldn't finish the process.
I will probably have to address this with my nursing school. I may have to carry a nail brush in my pocket or have the clinical instructor to check my nails for uplifting, etc. I don't have any issues with them lifting when I went to having them done every 7 days instead of every 14. I keep them manicured so well and have them buffed thin to wear most people can't tell the difference without extremely close scrutiny.
I just can't imagine spending a career in nursing with what I consider to be, a handicap that is easily corrected. With the frequent handwashing, there is no way, that once my nails grew out a little, I would survive a day before they ripped on something, and that can't be good either with all of the bacteria around.
I am obviously not trained in infection control...but still don't see how this is a risk to the patients. Gloves are worn for virtually all patient contact that involves your hands except for taking vitals. I would think the door knobs to the rooms would be more of an issue than artificial nails.
PS: I'm wondering if the issue is the acrylic rather than the artificial part. Does anyone have information on other types of nails such as silk, porcelin, fiberglass, etc.